Walz, Jim

Jim Walz, running for 14th Congressional District

Veteran’s Promise Initiative

The scourge of veteran unemployment is too severe to ignore, and is one of our greatest shames as a nation. In 2015, there were 495,000 unemployed veterans throughout the country.

It is unacceptable that we allow veterans to live without the dignity of work they want and deserve, and betrays the sacrifices they make to defend our freedom.

 

 

 

“It is unacceptable that we allow veterans to live without the dignity of work they want and deserve”

 

This is why we must establish a program geared towards rebuilding our infrastructure that will guarantee our active duty veterans the dignity of work.

There are a few key points to remember about the Veteran’s Promise Program:

What Will It Do?

This program will guarantee any active duty veteran who has been honorably discharged from duty the right to an employment opportunity in the Veteran’s Promise program. The program will be based in a group of counties and cities where the concentration of unemployed active duty veterans is highest as a proportion of the population.

How Much Will It Cost?

The cost of employing all unemployed veterans would be less than $26 billion, while offering all employees in the program a living wage and public sector benefits. This amounts to less than 4.5% of the Department of Defense (DoD) annual budget in 2016, and 0.6% of the total federal budget.

“It will provide unemployed veterans with an opportunity to share their skills with the nation and rebuild our broken economy”

 

For comparison, annual spending in 2016 on DoD procurement alone amounted to $119 billion – over 20% of the DoD budget, or 3% of the total federal budget.

Can We Afford This?

Yes – along with procurement reform, the program’s costs will be offset by savings on healthcare, which tends to be costlier at higher rates of unemployment. Veterans have unique medical needs, and not being able to return to a well-paid and meaningful job multiplies the mental and physical health problems they face when returning to civilian life.

Who Will Implement This Program?

The program will be implemented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through an appropriation that flexibly expands their authority to hire unemployed active-duty veterans, and authorizes work on critical public safety, infrastructure, and environmental improvement projects.

This program will put an end to the deplorable economic reality that our men and women in uniform endure today. It will provide unemployed veterans with an opportunity to share their skills with the nation and rebuild our broken economy. Not only does this make financial sense, but it’s the right thing to do.

Website: https://www.jimwalzforcongress.com/

https://www.jimwalzforcongress.com/veterans-promise/

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Kirk, Mark Steven

Mark Steven Kirk, Republican for United States Senator

Mark Steven Kirk“The VA has become a corrupt, political and bureaucratic mess on many levels – the more we learn, the worse it is. As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, I am confronting the VA at every level. I stand with those who shine light on the corruption, like at Hines VA Hospital. Too many of our health care workers are failing our vets, and the few who stand up to protect them are ignored and punished. I have enacted new laws to protect whistleblowers from retaliation and firing.

I continue to prioritize holding the VA accountable. Earlier this year, I called on the VA to address black mold festering at a Hines VA Residential Care Facility after whistleblowers informed me that the VA had failed to address the problem in a complaint filed in August of 2015 and sent a letter to the VA demanding immediate action and answers as to how this issue has gone untreated. In April, I demanded the VA take steps to address reports of cockroaches in the Hines VA kitchen after hearing complaints from whistleblowers that contamination has been going on for years. Most recently, I introduced legislation to address whistleblower reports that indigent veterans’ remains are consistently left in the Hines VA morgue for over 30 days. On numerous occasions, bodies of indigent veterans or veterans without next of kin, are left in the morgue without proper and timely post mortem care, allowing their bodies to badly decompose. Specifically, whistleblowers report that in the month of August, 2016, there were two veterans who had been left in the morgue for upwards of 45 days. I will continue to fight on behalf of our veterans upon my re-election.”

Website: https://kirkforsenate.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KirkForSenate/

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Mandell, Gary

Gary Mandell, Republican Candidate for State Representative, Illinois District 11

I fully support government benefits for those that have served to defend our country and our freedoms, and that our history of doing so has been shameful. I look forward to working with Veterans groups to address their needs including, but not limited to, medical (including addiction treatment), mental health, homelessness, unemployment and job training. In addition, I applaud the efforts of the many organizations that support the training and hiring of veterans.

We are working hard in the State House District 11 race to unseat my opponent who votes for unfunded spending bills that can never be implemented without tax increases. We believe that we must balance our budget by making Illinois a better place to open a business, employ workers to the state who live nearby, who live in Illinois but work in a neighboring state and pay taxes to that state, as well as reduce our staggering unemployment rate here. This will allow us grow our revenues by expanding our tax base, and not by adding to the high tax burdens that our citizens already face, and are causing many of them to leave.

Website: www.mandellforstaterep.com

Shapiro, Diane S.

Diane S. Shapiro, Republican for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk

I, Diane Shapiro, am running against Dorothy Brown for Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County this November.

We can not do enough to thank our veterans for the sacrifices that they have made. When one leaves military service, there are many “leftovers” from military service that do not leave the veteran. That is why we have the Cook County Veterans Treatment Court http://www.cookcountycourt.org/ABOUTTHECOURT/CountyDepartment/CriminalDivision/SpecialtyTreatmentCourts/VeteransTreatmentCourt.aspx . Once elected, I will do everything in my power to promote this Court. Like so many other programs, they can not be used unless one knows about them.

When it comes to hiring, veterans will get preference. Not only do they deserve it, but it has been my experience that veterans make the most dedicated and reliable employees.

Thank you all for your honorable service to our country. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need further information.

Kindest Personal Regards,

Hon. Diane S. Shapiro
Committeeman, 46th Ward GOP
Republican for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk

Website: http://www.citizensfordianeshapiro.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Diane-S-Shapiro-for-Cook-County-Circuit-Court-Clerk-1533575510285768/

CVO is 501(c)(3) organization, so we do not endorse candidates. Our request for candidate inputs will be put on our website, so that veterans can educate themselves on the candidates.